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TSA chief named to number two post at Homeland Security

October 23, 2003 President Bush has tapped James Loy, the head of the Transportation Security Administration and former commandant of the Coast Guard, to be deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department. Loy will assume his new position as soon as the Senate confirms him, said DHS spokesman Gordon Johndroe. He is replacing...

Unions oppose transferring air traffic control to the military

October 23, 2003 Unions representing airline industry workers will fight a plan to transfer the nation's air traffic control workforce to the military, saying such a move would create a political food fight and jeopardize aviation safety. House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., is floating a proposal that would...

FAA issues five-year strategic plan

October 22, 2003 The Federal Aviation Administration issued a new, five-year strategic plan Wednesday that establishes objectives and criteria for the aviation industry in the areas of safety, airport capacity, international cooperation and organizational structure. Within the next five years, the FAA will develop a national safety index to measure the risks and...

Managers cite need for improved data-sharing systems

October 21, 2003 To improve interagency coordination, the federal government needs information systems that allow users from various organizations to access valid information while using different computer applications, a panel of federal managers said last week. Federal managers from the Homeland Security Department, FBI and Defense Department outlined how their agencies are working...

Lawmakers launch 'extensive review' of transportation security

October 20, 2003 The House Government Reform Committee launched an "extensive review" Monday into the operations of the Transportation Security Administration, with a special emphasis on airline passenger screening. The announcement comes after recent reports by the General Accounting Office and Homeland Security Department that found problems with passenger screening, as well as...

TSA orders search of all planes; no changes to screening procedures

October 17, 2003 The Transportation Security Administration on Friday ordered all U.S. commercial aircraft to be searched within 24 hours after suspicious bags were found on two planes, but the agency has not ordered changes in how passengers and baggage are screened at airports. TSA issued the order after small plastic bags containing...

FBI seeks management makeover to meet antiterror mission

October 17, 2003 The FBI is changing its top-heavy management structure and trying to collaborate more with state and local authorities to prevent another terrorist attack on U.S. soil, a bureau director told Government Executive on Friday. Although much attention has been focused on how the Homeland Security Department is managed and on...

Concerns about aviation security fly during hearing

October 16, 2003 At a congressional hearing Thursday, the head of the Transportation Security Administration emphasized the progress his agency is making on meeting its mission, but lawmakers expressed frustration-and in some cases outrage-over problems that persist with aviation security. The most likely threat the aviation industry faces is somebody smuggling a weapon...

TSA will 'move aggressively' to provide screener guidance

October 15, 2003 The Transportation Security Administration will conduct a "comprehensive" evaluation of how security screeners are operating at airports, and then "move aggressively" to give airport directors recommendations on whether they should use private or government workers, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. TSA hired BearingPoint Inc. of McClean, Va., to conduct a...

Airport industry presses TSA for guidance on using private screeners

October 14, 2003 The Transportation Security Administration should provide airport managers with guidance on using private screeners as soon as possible so they can begin planning before a federal deadline next year, an airport industry representative said Tuesday. TSA awarded the first phase of a contract last week to BearingPoint Inc. of McLean,...

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